We're looking at Scandinavian and North American conference finals to determine who gets to play in the gold medal game. Intriguing. So much for home court advantage. Putin must be royally pissed.
That Canada-USA game is going to be something.
I think Canada will be more comfortable with that one. The USA is arguably favoured at this point. The D will see more pressure, but the forwards should have more opportunity. Euro's like to have 5 guys at the crease, I don't think the Americans will be that desperate.
Everything went against Canada today. How they can allow video review, watch a Latvian player obviously deny a goal with his glove (penalty shot), and not call it, is beyond me. Given that it would've been a penalty shot, why not allow that to be reviewable? Either way, the ref at the net on that play must feel like quite the goat.
Glad we got it done, and I don't look at it as indicative of Canada vs. USA. That Latvian goalie played as well as any goalie could have played, and Canada has the best defence in the tournament. The USA might be the fastest team, but I'd wager Canada is the best team in the corners.
If it turns into a North-American style game, I like our chances.
I'll ask again: Why is Chris Kunitz still in the lineup? Tavares looks like he'll sit for the semi-finals, so no chance to remove Kunitz from the lineup... but that so-called chemistry with Crosby is a farce. He's been a boat-anchor, and has missed on multiple great chances. At this point, Kunitz does not deserve to be an Olympian. The USA game might be a greasy game for him to shine.... but so far there's no way Giroux or E. Staal could be worse.